The wrong bra can exacerbate back pain and lead to restricted breathing and poor posture. The larger your bust, the more likely you are to face problems. “Bras are like suspension bridges,” quotes an article in the UK Independent. “You need a well-engineered bra so your shoulders don’t end up doing all the work. Bras that don’t fit will affect the shoulders and chest, and will almost certainly cause back pain as you get older.”
But did you know that your bra can help promote better posture, which can lead to less back and neck pain? A properly supportive bra can help you to breathe easier. It can even make you look thinner! But with so many choices available, how can you choose the right posture bra?
What are Your Issues?
Before beginning your search for the perfect posture bra, it’s helpful to make a list of what you’re hoping to achieve. Do you want a bra that encourages better posture by reminding you to pull your shoulders back? Do you want a bra that offers back support? Do you prefer a longline bra or a more traditional style?
If you’re looking for a bra that will also support your back, choose a longline style. Extending to your waist, this type of bra supports your mid-back while also creating a smoother, trimmer profile that you’re sure to like. Crossed panels in the upper back serve as a constant yet gentle reminder to stand up straight and not hunch.
Back and Shoulder Support
Looking for shoulder support as well? You may need to find a bra style that has an X-shaped back to help support your back and straightens your shoulders. Search for a bra whose straps are wide enough to eliminate the shoulder pain caused by many bras.
Support for Fuller Figures
It probably comes as no surprise that the fuller your chest, the more challenge you face in standing upright with good posture. A bra that features an over-and-under design takes the pressure off your back by providing better uplift, separation, and support.
Shoulder and Back Pain
Dealing with back and shoulder pain? Try a bra designed to combat those issues. Bras with reinforced criss-cross design supports your back while providing a constant reminder to keep your shoulders back. Double support undercups provide the lift and support you need without the discomfort of wires.